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The do’s and don’ts of Footy Finals weekend

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The Grand Final long weekend is almost here. The players are pumped, prepped and ready to make their mark. Are you ready to make yours? We’ve got some great Grand Final party ideas – the do’s and don’ts of footy finals weekend – to make sure you don’t drop the ball (so to speak) on the big day.

Do: Clean the house

There’s nothing like a party to motivate a house clean. Yes, you’d rather watch grass grow on the paddock, but it’s part of party prep. Do a quick dust, vacuum, wipe down of the kitchen benches and spend some time cleaning the bathroom – it will probably get a lot of action at half time, so have some extra rolls and air freshener (ick) handy.

Don’t: Fudge the food

Make a menu in advance and have all the ingredients on hand to make it easy on the day. You can handball some of the ingredients to your guests (they’ll offer anyway), so why not get them to bring something you’ll actually need. Hashtag winning. For something simple to whip up on game day, try our 5 quick footy nibbles recipes.

Do: Make room in the fridge

It’s a tried and true party cry that you can never have enough room in the fridge. You don’t want last week’s leftovers taking up primo space that could be filled with a mixed pack vodka cruisers and that extra case of cider. Don’t be a mug. Clean out the fridge before Grand Final weekend and stock it with our footy finals line-up. You’ll be a party legend.

Don’t: Forget the ice

Even if you’ve made room in the fridge and you’ve cranked up the spare in the garage, you’re still going to need ice ice baby – and lots of it. The ice is mostly going to keep the beer and white wine cold, but if you’re making cocktails like an Aperol Spritz or Mojito, you’ll need even more. Pre-make jugs of cocktails in advance and get your guest to help themselves so you’re not playing bartender during the game.

Do: Sort out the snacks

If you don’t want your party to be a mongrel punt, you’ll need snacks, snacks and more snacks. Go shopping in advance and grab a few party staples – chips, crackers, cheese, dips. When your team scores a sausage rolls, your guests can too. Put a few in the oven and get them out during the first half. For tasty treats that are lightning fast, try our footy snacks you can prepare in an ad break – all matched with drinks, of course.

Don’t: Be a granny

Don’t be a granny for the grannies and leave it to the last minute. Slow and steady does not win the party race. There’s a public holiday in Victoria on Friday 28th September, the day before the AFL game. This means that opening hours may vary. Use the store finder to check the trading hours.

It’s easy to make your mark this Grand Final weekend. Do your prep early so you don’t have any stoppages during the game. And remember that we do have a wide range of great value footy bundles at great prices, so you don’t need to worry about the drinks.

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